David Pritchard is a writer, artist, and freelance photographer. He conducts these creative pursuits whenever the planets align and allow him adequate time to do so. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in painting and sculpture. David and his family share time between a Lavaca County, Texas ranch and an Austin, Texas home.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Kingston, New York, but my family moved back to Texas when I was very young. I grew up in Houston, then travelled a bit before going to college in Austin. The more solitary pursuits, such as backpacking, rock-climbing, and surfing interested me more when I was younger. I suppose the fact that my personal bucket-list items were being accomplished at a relatively young age, now provides me with a fairly solid resource-pool of life experiences from which to draw inspiration for some of my writing. I also spent a lot of time in the country with my grandparents, which I think helps to give me insight into relationships with friends and family. But overall, I think anything a person experiences in life can be potential fodder for writing.
When did you first start writing?
Other than my college years, I would say I started writing in earnest about 1990.
It's a quiet night in Austin, Texas until a gas explosion near the University shakes up the neighborhood and leads authorities to a body and several unusual finds at the debris site. Mutual concern that the cause of death may actually be a homicide, leads local police and insurance investigator Steve Latham down a twisted path to discover the proximate cause of the victim's death.